Sex offenders are the most reviled and abused criminals in prison. But eventually, most of them will get out. So, what happens next?
This is part one of a two-part documentary series we produced in partnership with the CBC Doc Project and the University of Washington Center For Human Rights. On this episode, you’ll hear the story of Chris Dum, a doctoral student who rented a room in the The Boardwalk — upstate New York’s infamous ‘Sex Offender Motel.’

A quick note, Chris’ university ethics board made him change all the names in this research project, because the work is with a very vulnerable population. He used fake names for the motel, the people in the motel, and the city. We agreed to maintain this anonymity in order to tell this story.

Plus, the back half of this episode includes an interview with the University of Washington’s Katherine Beckett. We discuss how criminal justice policy and research has changed since the 1980s, and what a Trump presidency will mean for reform efforts.


  • Dum, Christopher P. Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Motel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
  • Beckett, Katherine, Anna Reosti, and Emily Knaphus. “The End of an Era? Understanding the Contradictions of Criminal Justice Reform.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 664.1 (2016): 238–259

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